Santhi Gorantla, Ph.D.

Associate Professor santhi_gorantla

Durham Research Center, Room 8014
985880 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5880

Phone: 402-559-8754
E-mail: Santhi Gorantla

Keywords: Mouse models for HIV, humanized mouse, HIV vaccine, HIV pathogenesis


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Research Interests
Representative Publications
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Research Interests

Our laboratory has been involved in developing small animal models (rodent) for HIV research. The specificity of HIV-1 for human cells precludes virus infection in most mammalian species and limits the utility of small animal models for the studies of disease pathogenesis, therapy and vaccine development. To this end, a humanized mouse with long-term reconstitution of human functional lymphoid tissues was recently achieved by transplanting human hematopoietic stem cells into immunodeficient mice.

My research interests are to utilize the humanized mouse model to study:

  1. HIV vaccine strategies to induce protective immune responses and
  2. Immune-based therapeutics to enhance HIV immune responses

Critical evaluation of these various therapeutic approaches for the prevention of HIV infection is essential. The humanized mouse model offers a unique environment to test these approaches and provide a proof-of concept for human use. Visit the Translational Mouse Model Core Facility.


Representative Publications

  1. Planque SA, Mitsuda Y, Chitsazzadeh V, Gorantla S, Poluektova L, Nishiyama Y, Ochsenbauer C, Morris MK, Sapparapu G, Hanson CV, Massey RJ, Paul S. (2014) Deficient synthesis of class-switched, HIV-neutralizing antibodies to the CD4+ binding site and correction by electrophilic gp120 immunogen. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 25022597

  2. Gutti TL, Knibbe JS, Makarov E, Zhang J, Yannam GR, Gorantla S, Sun Y, Mercer DF, Suemizu H, Wisecarver JL, Osna NA, Bronich TK, Poluektova LY. (2014) Human hepatocytes and hematolymphoid dual reconstitution in treosulfan-conditioned uPA-NOG mice. AM J Pathol 184(1): 101-9. PMID: 24200850

  3. Gerson T, Makarov E, Senanayake TH, Gorantla S, Poluektova LY, Vinogradov SV. (2014) Nano-NRTIs demonstrate low neurotoxicity and high antiviral activity against HIV infection in the brain. Nanomedicine 10(1): 177-85. PMID: 23845925

  4. Bade AN, Zhou B, Epstein AA, Gorantla S, Poluektova LY, Luo J, Gendelman HE, Boska MD, Liu Y. (2013) Improved visualization of neuronal injury following glial activation by manganese enhanced MRI. J Neuroimmune Pharmacol 8(4): 1027-36. PMID: 23729245

  5. Epstein AA, Narayanasamy P, Dash PK, High R, Bathena SP, Gorantla S, Poluektova LY, Alnouti Y, Gendelman HE, Boska MD. (2013) Combinatorial assessments of brain tissue metabolomics and histopathology in rodent models of human immunodeficiency virus infection. J Neuroimmune Pharmacol 8(5): 1224-38. PMID: 23702663

  6. Abdul-Muneer PM, Schuetz H, Wang F, Skotak M, Jones J, Gorantla S, Zimmerman MC, Chandra N, Haorah J. (2013) Induction of oxidative and nitrosative damage leads to cerebrovascular inflammation in an animal model of mild traumatic brain injury induced by primary blast. Free Radic Biol Med 60: 282-91. PMID: 23466554

  7. Dash PK, Gendelman HE, Roy U, Balkundi S, Alnouti Y, Mosley RL, Gelbard HA, McMillan J, Gorantla S, Poluektova LY. (2012) Long-acting nanoformulated antiretroviral therapy elicits potent antiretroviral and neuroprotective responses in HIV-1-infected humanized mice. AIDS 26(17): 2135-44. PMID: 22824628

  8. Roy U, McMillan J, Alnouti Y, Gautum N, Smith N, Balkundi S, Dash P, Gorantla S, Martinez-Skinner A, Meza J, Kanmogne G, Swindells S, Cohen SM, Mosley RL, Poluektova L, Gendelman HE. (2012) Pharmacodynamic and antiretroviral activities of combination nanoformulated antiretrovirals in HIV-1-infected human peripheral blood lymphocyte-reconstituted mice. J Infect Dis 206(10): 1577-88. PMID: 22811299

  9. Kanmogne GD, Singh S, Roy U, Liu X, McMillan J, Gorantla S, Balkundi S, Smith N, Alnouti Y, Gautam N, Zhou Y, Poluektova L, Kabanov A, Bronich T, Gendelman HE. (2012) Mononuclear phagocyte intercellular crosstalk facilitates transmission of cell-targeted nanoformulated antiretroviral drugs to human brain endothelial cells. Int J Nanomedicine 7: 2373-88. PMID: 22661891

  10. Gorantla S, Poluektova L, Gendelman HE. (2012) Rodent models for HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders. Trends Neurosci 35(3): 197-208. PMID: 22305769

Additional publications in PubMed.


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